About a year and a half ago I would have had different answers to the questions above than I do now. I honestly was only reflective on occasion, specifically when I felt I HAD to reevaluate a situation or when I was required to by a professional development process. I would have answered that running was my favorite way to endure reflective though, because putting my feet to the pavement was a great way to clear my head. Above all, I did not have the passion, the drive, nor the innate ability to strive for change.
My mindset has transformed, thus impacting my life in such a positive way.
I now feel as though I am in a constant reflective state of mind and very intentional about my actions. But what drives my reflective thought? My personal/professional goals of course! And the most important part is that my goals are always evolving and being refined. A reflective mind is a flexible mind.
I now have many favorite venues for authentic reflection:
· Blogging! (I have found my reflective voice to allow for deep processing and opportunities for additional communication with my PLN.)
· Collaboration! (Whether it be discussions with my PLCs or out loud processing with Ann, each conversation leads to further personal thoughts that allow for positive problem solving and change.)
· Twitter! (Participating in #chats and tweeting with individuals in my PLN allows for quick reflection opportunities. And as @KLirenman and I have joked, sometimes “makes our heads spin”- which is when you can guarantee fabulous change is just around the corner!)
· Brain Book! (Recoding information, storing ideas, and organizing my written thoughts allows me to build a resource that is a personal reference tool; a collection of my learning that always leads to reflection.)
· Exercise! (Running still allows me to clear my head, but instead of “running from” my thoughts I instead endure them and celebrate the energy I gain to accomplish my goals.)
· Books! (Reading professional development books allows my gears to turn, ideas to form, and action based research to occur.)
· Sharing! (Articulating my perspective and goals to others allows me to think intensely about my philosophy. I am able to focus on my answers to questions asked from others and process ways to extend or refine my practice.)
Reflection has become a part of my daily life, allowing for genuine change to occur in a moment’s need. It is a routine I now treasure, and the variety of reflective processes I engage in makes each reflective moment an enlightening experience.